Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

DVD - 2017
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"Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford's career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn (a diabolical Ann Blyth) becomes a venomous serpent's tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations"--Container.


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Mar 11, 2021

Late 1940s film noir of hollywood. Good story but now dated

Oct 27, 2020

I'd confidently say that 1942's "Mildred Pierce" is (undoubtedly) quite a satisfactory cut above a lot of the pictures being churned out back then (which were specifically aimed at the women in the audience).

Containing plenty of well-timed melodrama and lots of finely tuned performances - "Mildred Pierce" (regardless of it now being nearly 80 years old) certainly delivers a considerable-sized punch when it comes to all of its high-strung dramatics. (But, this is only so as long as the viewer is willing to cut this film some well-deserved slack for being an obvious product of its time)

Sep 08, 2020

Good classic movie

Aug 31, 2020

This actress can ignite a movie from start to finish. The film shows that when a child has their own needs of fortune, continuously quenched by the parent, where they are put on a pedestal, the parent becomes 'The Bank', instead of a loving person with needs of their own.
It takes the phrase, spoiled brat, to a new level.

Apr 02, 2020

After reading and watching "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice" I decided to watch the Kate Winslet TV series "Mildred Pierce" but was somewhat disappointed as it contained zero noir. It contained all the sex prohibited by the Hays Code, but that did not make up for the lack of noir contained in the first two James Cain novels. I guess now I'll have to read the Cain novel to which film version most resembled the novel "Mildred Pierce."

Sep 28, 2018

Good movie.

Aug 23, 2018

VERY GOOD 1945 b/w film noir starring Joan Crawford, and a fine performance by Ann Blyth at 17 years old as her troublesome daughter.

Does have darkish film noir styling with great lighting, drama, etc.

May 30, 2017

"Mildred Pierce" is a full-fledged classic, with Oscar-worthy performances all around, and production values to expertly match - the writing is not only brisk but unexpectedly witty, the editing superb, and the direction everything you would want from a murder mystery - don't bother with the recent series with Kate Winslet, a yawn, this is the "Mildred Pierce" to watch

7duffy May 09, 2015

Well acted and entertaining. Great supporting performances.

Apr 14, 2015

Epic. By the time this film was over I was emotionally & almost physically exhausted from watching this sweeping drama. Joan Crawford is at her tearful best as a woman who is a hard working mother trying to please a daughter whose selfishness brings destruction to those who care for her. In a way this movie felt like 3 films in one due to the plot & pacing. A treacherous ride of a film & worth every moment!

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